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Joel Embiid sidelined as 76ers finish their season

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76ers play their season finale without All-Star center Joel Embiid (knee)

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid was sidelined for the regular-season finale against Brooklyn on Sunday due to a knee injury sustained in a previous game. The Sixers were still in contention for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, with scenarios ranging from fifth to eighth place.

Embiid tweaked his surgically repaired left knee in the first half of a game against the Orlando Magic. Despite the injury, he continued to play and posted impressive stats in the second half.

After missing 29 games earlier in the season with a torn meniscus, Embiid finished the year averaging 34.7 points and 11 rebounds in just 39 games. In his absence, the Sixers had to navigate a crucial game against Brooklyn to secure a higher seed in the playoffs.

The team’s path to the No. 5 seed hinged on a win against Brooklyn and a loss by the Indiana Pacers. Without Embiid, the game became more challenging for the Sixers as they aimed to secure a favorable playoff position.

Embiid’s absence was felt by the team and fans alike, as the star player’s influence on the court is undeniable. Despite the setback, the Sixers remained determined to finish the season strong and prepare for the playoff push ahead.

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